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bolstering innovative, early-stage dairy-based products.

The Real California Milk Excelerator finds, funds, and accelerates products leveraging the power of Real California Dairy.

We do this through:

  • Tailored industry-specific content and resources
  • Mentorship from world-class domain experts
  • Non-dilutive funding
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The structure

Applications are open to any and all individuals and/or companies creating new products made with at least 50% dairy. Once applications close, we meticulously review and vet all applications and select the top eight to join us for our program.

Our three-month program features access to industry-specific content resources, high-quality and tailored mentorship, and a group stipend to cover costs associated with producing, developing, and fine-tuning products and business plans.

Our program kicks off with two days of in-person events, networking, and connection in California, followed by 12 weeks of virtual programming requiring a commitment of approximately 3 hours per week.

At the conclusion of the program, the cohort will sample and pitch their products to a panel of industry-expert judges at our final pitch event and Future of Dairy Expo. Four winners will receive a $30,000 prize and access to an exclusive retailer and investor event to generate business leads and investment opportunities.

A $100,000 grand prize will be awarded to the winner with the highest sales tracked over a year after the live pitch event.

Real California Milk Excelerator Program Structure

past mentors and judges

Aaron May
Adriano Torres
Alice Ponti
Alli Ball
Amanda Burlison
Azania Andrews
Ben Yee
Bentley King
Blake Rhodes
Brandon Hernandez
Brian Chau
Brigette Wolf
Britt Dougherty
Cessna Mac
Chad Coester
Dana Kim-2
Danielle Kidney
David Cherrie
Donna Berry
Elizabeth Crawford
Erik Throndsen
Heather Boyd
Jackson Jeyanayagam
Jason Stamm
Jen Herrmann
Jennifer Chu
Jennifer Reinhard
John Talbot
Josh Zodikoff
Josh Zonneveld
Kate Dileo
Lauren Abda
Lindsay Brady
Lindsay Riddell
Lynn Giacomini Stray
Marco Borges
Marnie Schwartz
Maura Mitchell
Michelle Evans
Moly Hayes
Noel Rosa
Norma Quon
Rick Williams
Rizal Hamdallah
Roger Arechiga
Sarah Holley
Scott Collier
Sean Folkson
Seana Day
Simon Thorneycroft
Stepthen Crozier
Steve Lerch
Tarush Agarwal
Taylor Foxman
Yanniv Dorone
Zach Deangelo

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